Lagos Open Tennis: Prime seeds advance to semifinals

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Frenchman Tom Jomby continued his great run at the Lagos Open International Tennis Championship with a 7-5, 6-2 quartefinal win over Niki Poonacha of India on Thursday. The top seed, who won the first leg of the combined $100, 000 prizemoney event, was stretched by the seventh seed in the first set but he proved his mettle in the second hitting a number of winning shots. It was another French triumph over India as third-seeded Arthur Rinderknech overcame a stern test from Aryan Goveas, the eighth seed, in what was adjudged the game of the day. Britain’s Jack Draper, the fourth seed, and fifth-seeded Danylo Kalenichenko of Ukraine completes the final four following triumphs over Tyler Lu of the USA and Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe, the second seed.

In the Women’s Singles, Swiss prime seed, Conny Perrin defeated seventh-seeded Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-2 while unseeded Indian, Riya Bhatia upsets Slovenian fifth seed, Nestja Kolar 6-2, 6-3. There were celebrations among the legion of Indian players, who have the highest foreign represen-tation in Lagos, as sixth seed Pranjala Yaldapalli was impressive in a stunning display against second seed, Deniz Khazaniuk of Israel 6-3, 6-4. She is now two wins shy of retaining the title she won at the expense of Perrin last Saturday.

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